Postcards from the Diabetes UnConference

Laddie_Head SquareLast Friday I drove from Arizona to Las Vegas to participate in the Diabetes UnConference. It is trite to say that words can’t describe the experience, but Words Can Not Describe My Experience. Three days later I am still exhausted. But three days later I am invigorated with images of new friends, old friends, smiles, tears, hand claps, Diet Pepsi, red wine served by charming bartenders, hugs, lows, highs, and flamingos. I don’t want to start listing names because I know that I will mess up and forget my most cherished friends. But I do want to thank Christel Marchand Aprigliano of The Perfect D for following her vision of “The only peer-to-peer support conference for adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.”

As I struggled to find a way to express my impressions of a magical weekend, I stumbled upon a pile of postcards ready to tell their story:


14 thoughts on “Postcards from the Diabetes UnConference

  1. Those postcards are way too appropriate and creative. Love them! So glad I got to meet you this weekend. I’ll see you when you get to Annapolis!

  2. Laddie – It was great to meet you in person. I returned home from the Unconference tired and at a loss for words to adequately describe the experience. You did it well ! I am impressed with the diabetes peers I met last weekend. As a group they are passionate, competent, and curious. I enjoyed the entire event, especially the follow-on discussions in the hallway and elsewhere.

  3. Love these creative postcards!!! What an awesome way to capture some of these feelings. And yes, Riley Dog is feeling about the same as Abby in having to stay home, after seeing pics of Norm and Becca. Was great to see you there, Laddie, and can’t wait til we have that chance again.

  4. Love your post Laddie – so unique!!!! I wish I could use Facebook to log in … but due to my being booted out of it for my name not being appropriate …. I will just have to stay connected with all of the gang from #Duncon / #DOC via Twitter feed.

  5. Nice way of expressing the feelings on this; I’ve been struggling with it myself (I still haven’t blogged about it – I’ve been trying to plan a 50th wedding anniversary party for my parents and it looks close to finished, so maybe I’ll get to this next). Thanks for sharing!

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